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Do We Need Meat

A few weeks ago I googled ‘do we need to eat meat?’ and in 0.27 seconds there were over 16 million results. Clearly there are many opinions. Paleos, ‘High Proteiners’, and their love affair with meat have flourished with the popularity of caveman style diets. It started with high protein Atkins and The Zone followed shortly after. So do we need meat? And is it okay to have more than one serving at dinner?

As a Registered Nutritionist this article is based on current, applicable scientific research.

Meat Uncovered

It is fair to say, not all meat has been created equally. A lean chicken breast or sirloin steak clearly offers a different nutrient profile to high fat sausages covered in more lard. Let’s break it down:

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Fibre: The Original Sexy Superfood

When was the last time you discussed your bowel movements at a dinner party? It seems fibre intake and subsequent bowel activities are not a popular dinner conversation. Trendy superfoods like acai and goji berries, spirulina, cacao and wheat grass seem to be the focus when discussing superfoods.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love an acai breakfast bowl – spirulina shot and raw cacao coated goji berries do excite me. However, expensive ingredients from exotic locations are omnipresent whilst fibre is often considered passé.

Long before noni juice was purported to aid digestive discomfort and maca was heralded for …

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For wholesome nourishing and utterly delicious high fibre breakfast options, see HERE

Water and Health

Have you heard about the latest research on water consumption? The good news is more science confirms drinking water about 1/2 hour before meals can contribute to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

I was interviewed by Channel 9 Melbourne news today for a feature on tonight’s 4:30pm and 6:00pm bulletin. Tune in for my thoughts. Click here for the link.

With love and nourishment, Sharon xx

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The New Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Exciting news in the Nutrition world is the official launch of the new Food Pyramid. After 15 years it has been updated!

 

The new pyramid separates each layer into 5 specific food groups. Plant based foods are still the “eat most” category; with fruit, vegetables and legumes in the largest layer.

The grain section now contains quinoa and soba noodles which reflects how our culture has evolved.

 However, my favourite alteration is the addition of herbs and spices. They are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and an excellent flavour enhancer so less salt can be used.

 Only 7% of Australians eat enough vegetables and less than half consume enough fruit.

Quite simple, quite the fad diets and consume more plant matter.

With Love & Nourishment, Sharon xx

 

A Magical Elixir

Watch this clip for the secret to a youthful complexion, boosting your digestion and metabolism, enhancing concentration and improving your overall health. You might be surprised ….. 🙂

 

A Healthy Chocolate

There is something you may not know about me, I don’t like very sweet foods.

I use to love sultanas, their sticky sweetness sandwiched between apricots and almonds was my go to snack. Fast forward a number of years and quite frankly I’d prefer a bowl of crisp raw veggies. Seriously, what beats the crunch and refreshment of cucumber and celery.

However, after the gorgeous boost of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals there is space for some wholesome chocolate in the form of homemade chocolate bark. Even the virtuous are allowed a chocolatey snack occasionally 🙂

This recipe is easy peasy and mighty delicious. Sub any of the ingredients for other nuts, nut butters, seeds and dried fruit. You could even impress the guests with the addition of edible rose petals, lavender or freeze-dried raspberries. You are limited only by your imagination.

chocolate bark

Ingredients:

250mL Cacao Butter

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Buckwheat Groats

1/3 Cup Almonds

1/3 Cup Goji Berries

Method:

Over a low heat, melt the cacao butter.

Once melted, remove from the heat.

Stir through all remaining ingredients. Set aside.

Line a flat tray with baking paper.

Pour the chocolate bark contents into the tray.

Place in the freezer until set.

Once set, break up into ‘bark’ pieces.

Store in the fridge.

 

 

Food Fads Worth Embracing

As a nutritionist, one phrase I despise is “food fad”. I’m obviously in support of food, so the food component is fab. But add a fad to the end and suddenly everything changes.

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Really, another one?

Food fads are usually heralded by minions shouting “I SAVED MY LIFE THANKS TO …” only to be forgotten two minutes later when the next magic pill arrives.

One delivery followed by another; weight-loss pills, the key to anti-ageing, potions for eternal bliss, scents to stave off hunger, superfoods to make you shine, elixirs to boost your metabolism, and so on. It still amazes me what desperate measures some individuals take in the name of health.

So what’s wrong with a little fad? The main qualm I have with fads is their tendency to encourage obsessive behaviours. Such actions are unsustainable in the long term and facilitate poor self-esteem.

I wholeheartedly support proactive health measures and preventative nutrition. However, there is no need to increase the mortgage on your house to fund these exclusive potions.

Miracle Pill

There is no such thing as a miracle pill

 

Look at Mother Nature

One fad that has been around for some time and is probably more a way of life than a fad is the kitchen garden program offered by many primary schools. Thanks to the vision of Stephanie Alexander and her desire to provide regular kitchen and garden classes to children, the next generation is learning vital skills for optimal well-being and healthy living.

Teaching a child how to love and nurture vegetables is crucial for their future health.

I appreciate that maths, geography, history and the like are essential to the school curriculum. However, teach a child how to grow tomatoes and show them some kitchen recipes that transform these beautiful sweet morsels into delicacies and you will improve their lives. It will encourage them to develop a healthy relationship with food and a positive regard for their body. This is turn will boost their self-esteem.

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

Self love

A child with food knowledge and kitchen skills is more likely to develop into a physically active healthy adult. They are more likely to consume wholesome foods regularly and respect and nurture their body.

Contrast this with a young adult lacking in basic food knowledge. They are often the yo-yo dieter who loathes their body.

I spend much of my time in schools and corporate offices giving nutrition seminars and running wellness programs. Adults who were encouraged as children to take part in food preparation and cooking lead healthier lifestyles as they grow.

But if you weren’t a child of home harvesters, it is not all doom and gloom. There’s no time like the present to start.

Fast fads & detoxes

Drastic fad diets and detoxes might facilitate short-term weight loss. Yet fast forward two years and it’s likely all lost weight plus more has appeared. Glorifying short-term skinniness is like celebrating the success of a cheater. The truth will eventually out in the most inconvenient circumstances, such as a burst zip, when the weight reappears.

A final message

Stop over-complicating everything.

Seek professional help if you would like a targeted approach unique to your lifestyle. Otherwise, simply consume far more vegetables than you think you need. You might notice the improvements to your health. You might even notice your skin develops a radiant shine that the $350 superfood failed to deliver.

And, with love and kindness, please drink some water.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with Stephanie Alexander or her programs, nor do I receive royalties or bonuses for promotion.

My Piece Published in The Weekly Review 14th March 2015